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    Gearing question on my Spec. Status

    Hey all-

    I apologize in advance if this is a stupid question, but on all of my XC bikes I have never had to worry about this (as they have always been Shimano from the get go, and not Sram).

    I have a question on my 2014 Specialized Status II. I want to change all of the stock Sram components out with Shimano...brakes, derailleur, shifter. With regards to the shifting, the cassette right now is a 9x, 11-28. It seems like most of the shifters are 10. Would it be possible for me to change the cassette from a 9 to a 10? The hub is also stock, a Specialized, a Hi Lo 36h (whatever that means). I heard that some DH riders use a road cassette on their DH bike, as they are narrower.

    Any thoughts, suggestions, etc?

    Thanks!

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    DH bikes typically have a narrower range cassette, like the 11-28 you have on there now, if that's what you mean.

    To answer your other questions:
    - Yes a 10sp cassette will fit fine on that freehub body
    - You'll also need a 10sp derailleur, 10sp chain, and 10sp shifter to go with it
    - Make sure derailleur range is compatible with cassette range. For example, a Shimano Zee DH has a max cassette 28t.

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    Thanks Procter. Good point about the derailleur range. That was something I hadn't considered. I have my old Shimano XTR that I pulled off my older Specialized Enduro when I overhauled it a few years ago. I was hoping to use that if I can, just to save a little money. I will look into the range on that. Thanks for the advice. After all, I am new to the whole DH scene. This summer was my first one.

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    The XTR is probably a med or long cage, which will definitively handle the small range 11-28 DH cassettes. But it is not the best choice for a DH RD because:

    1) how old? Is it a clutched / shadow plus?
    2) Longer cage = worse retention, even if it's a clutched derailleur
    3) it will be fragile

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    It's older, came off my 2002 enduro, but it has been lightly and gently used. It's not carbon fiber. It's not clutched, as I don't think that technology was around back then. I think it probably is a longer cage but I don't really have anything to compare it to.

    So, if I were to change everything out, what would you recommend I get? Like I said, I'm new to DH and am learning about the components as I go. I do prefer to learn as much as possible and do as much work as possible myself.

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    I replaced the drivetrain on my 2007 Demo.
    Went with regular XT shifter, SLX cassette and chain, Zee derailleur and I am happy with it.
    There are two Zee derailleurs, one maxes at 28 and one maxes at 36.

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    What's wrong with your current drive train, what are you trying to solve

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